Before getting into iNaturalist what field guides to take with me was so easy to get wrong. I brought field guides I didn’t need and wished I brought the one I left at home. Or I took too many and was burdened by the weight that sometimes makes my lower back hurt.
Last couple of years, I usually take my camera and often my Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.
Currently I am playing around with the idea of carrying all my laminated fold-out guides, perhaps buying some new ones or even making my own. In terms of making my own, one on odonata would be useful – specifically of terminal ends that cameras get easily see (I would be producing it only for myself as I would be using copyrighted materials). Problem is, laminated guides, although light can at times be difficult to remove from my pouch.
What field guides to you bring with you into the field, if any?